UNLV Basks In Repeat

By Rhiannon Potkey - March 15, 2008

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV became the first team in the nine-year Mountain West Conference tournament history to win back-to-back titles.

The Rebels have guard Wink Adams to thank as well as the rebounding of Corey Bailey and Rene Rougeau.

Adams scored 14 straight points for UNLV in the second half with a few deep 3-pointers.

"I kind of got a lot of confidence," Adams said. "My teammates believed in me, told me to keep shooting. I was just able to knock them down for my team."

This game was very similar to last year's game in which BYU let a first-half lead dissolve into a loss to the Rebels.

UNLV guard Curtis Terry credited the crowd of 16,096 - postgame fights withstanding - for creating an atmosphere befitting of March.

"It definitely helps to have the tournament in Vegas. But it was pretty loud out there both ways," Terry said. "Early on when BYU went on their run, it seemed like, it not, half the crowd, almost all of it was for BYU. Again, when we made our run late in the first half and the second half, it seemed the other way."

Terry spent a whopping 16 seconds on the bench during UNLV's three-game run.

"I'm young still. I'm only 22," Terry said - He's not a man. He's not 40 like OK State's Mike Gundy. "I'm just gonna play as long as I can, as hard as I can til I can't do it any more. I'm getting enough rest at night, eating good. Coach asked me if I needed a blow. I told him I'm OK."

UNLV was pretty assured of making the NCAA field before the game, but it always helps to get the automatic bid to feel safe. UNLV coach Lon Kruger did not want to spectulate on seedings.

"I have no idea of course. I thnk it will probably jump it maybe one from whatever they were thinking, maybe two," Kruger said. "I don't know where it started and I don't know where it will end up. We'll get a call like everyone else. We'll go wherever they tell us to."

Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 11:37 PM on March 15, 2008

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